A healthy lifestyle not only provides you with a healthier body, but also with better genes. This is the result of an American research published in the magazine ‘Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences’. Your genes do not change by living a healthier life, but they are used better by your body. Harmful genes are deactivated and protective genes are turned on. This provides a health boost to your body.
In this study the scientists followed thirty men who had a mild form of prostate cancer. They had all decided of their own accord not to follow a traditional treatment like surgery or hormone therapy.
Within three months the men had completely changed their lifestyle. They started eating lots of vegetables, fruit, whole grains, legumes and soy based products. Next to that they exercised mildly every day for thirty minutes and they meditated for the same amount of time or they followed other ways to relieve stress.
As expected, their blood pressure dropped and they lost weight. But they also discovered there were changes taking place in the genes. About 500 different genes adapted themselves to the new habits of the men.
Genes that prevents disease were turned on and genes that can cause illnesses like prostate cancer were turned off.Chief researcher Dr. Ornish states that something is in your genes in no longer a valid excuse.
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